Tuesday August 02, 2011
Start: 08/02/2011 8:00 pm

All performers are welcome to participate in this event that has produced some of our brightest performers, including: Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS! One unique aspect of our Open Mic is that, unlike those held in noisy bars where people show up in spite of the fact that there's live music, you will be playing to a supportive group of friends and performers who are actually listening!!!

Thursday August 04, 2011
Start: 08/04/2011 8:00 pm

The Gillette BrothersCome hear the real deal, genuine cowboy music straight from the horses' mouth (so to speak) when the Gillette Brothers, Guy and Pipp, take a break from their cattle ranch in Crockett, Texas to entertain you.

Friday August 05, 2011
Start: 08/05/2011 8:00 pm

Red MollyHailing from New York, Red Molly offers bluegrass and old time music spiced with lush three-part harmonies, exceptional musicianship, and apparently boundless energy. Laurie MacAllister and Abbie Gardner, plus newest member Molly Venter, have a lot of fun on stage, and it's contagious.

Saturday August 06, 2011
Start: 08/06/2011 8:00 pm

The Folk Collection, a harmonious quartet based in

Sunday August 07, 2011
Start: 08/07/2011 8:00 pm

Stevie CoyleLyrical wildman Stevie Coyle may finally bring you to terms with your inner rhythm animal. Stevie's expressive, sometimes explosive fingerstyle acoustic guitar grows out of a childhood swimming in the radiation of popular music of our times and American traditional folksong. This brilliant guitar work is an essential element of his insightful storytelling in song, as Stevie shares his unique philosophy and observations of the life of humans on the planet.

Monday August 08, 2011
Start: 08/08/2011 8:00 pm

Frenk FairfieldA young Californian who sings and plays as someone who's
crawled out of the Virginia mountains carrying familiar songs that in his hands sound forgotten . . . ."
—Greil Marcus

Tuesday August 09, 2011
Start: 08/09/2011 8:00 pm

All performers are welcome to participate in this event that has produced some of our brightest performers, including: Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS! One unique aspect of our Open Mic is that, unlike those held in noisy bars where people show up in spite of the fact that there's live music, you will be playing to a supportive group of friends and performers who are actually listening!!!

Wednesday August 10, 2011
Start: 08/10/2011 8:00 pm

Jessica JonesConnie CrothersTenor saxophonist Jessica Jones anchors two intimate duet sets: the first with pianist Connie Crothers and the second with pianist/saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum. Bay Area natives now ensconced in Brooklyn's creative music scene, the three are certified originals performing their own compositions as well as imaginative interpretations of jazz standards.

Thursday August 11, 2011
Start: 08/11/2011 8:00 pm

Martin Taylor"He out-shred's all of us put together. I've never seen anything like it." —Jeff Beck

Friday August 12, 2011
Start: 08/12/2011 8:00 pm

There may not be a monarchy in America, but Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart come from royally good musical stock. Stacy began her career as a backup singer touring with her brother Steve, while Mark as a teen played Nashville honky tonks with his fiddle-playing dad, later touring with Freddy Fender and Steve Earle & the Dukes.

Saturday August 13, 2011
Start: 08/13/2011 8:00 pm

Linda Tillery & the Cultural Heritage ChoirIf the burden of life and times seems too great, take a deep drink of spiritual enlivenment tonight from the music of Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir. Songs of protest and union songs of the 40s through the 60s form the basis of the program, lifted up to new heights by the voices of the Grammy-nominated choir.

Tuesday August 16, 2011
Start: 08/16/2011 8:00 pm

All performers are welcome to participate in this event that has produced some of our brightest performers, including: Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS! One unique aspect of our Open Mic is that, unlike those held in noisy bars where people show up in spite of the fact that there's live music, you will be playing to a supportive group of friends and performers who are actually listening!!!

Wednesday August 17, 2011
Start: 08/17/2011 8:00 pm

Tim Farrell, Michael Manring, and Peter Janson perform individually and together with a mastery that delights the ears, teases the intellect, and transports an audience in a way that only great music played by great musicians can.

Tim FarrellTim, a fingerstyle guitarist, celebrates the purity of his acoustic instrument with a style and originality displaying elegant simplicity. He's shared the stage with such industry giants as Les Paul, George Benson, Jean Luc Ponty, and Rick Wakeman.

Thursday August 18, 2011
Start: 08/18/2011 8:00 pm

". . . the best kept secret in the music business."
—Kris Kristofferson

Born and raised in Tupelo, Mississippi, the heartland of good old rockin' blues, Paul Thorn's journey has been anything but dull. He performed at the age of three while traveling with his evangelist preacher father, has jumped out of airplanes, battled four-time world champion boxer Roberto Durán on national television, worked in a furniture factory by day and played out his musical passions by night.

Friday August 19, 2011
Start: 08/19/2011 8:00 pm

The Sing Strings

Please see the Freight box office for refunds.

Saturday August 20, 2011
Start: 08/20/2011 8:00 pm

Phil MarshBruce BartholDig out your party hats and celebrate the Freight's anniversary with a rousing evening of music hosted by Phil Marsh, our 1968 inaugural performer.

Sunday August 21, 2011
Start: 08/21/2011 8:00 pm

The RaveUpsGirl Named TGet out your bell bottoms, tie-dye Ts, and mini-skirts, round two of the tumultuous 60s British Invasion is here. The Blondies, music-savvy youngsters with talent beyond their years, shred with the best of them, serving up their own material and tasty covers of classic tunes.

Tuesday August 23, 2011
Start: 08/23/2011 8:00 pm

All performers are welcome to participate in this event that has produced some of our brightest performers, including: Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS! One unique aspect of our Open Mic is that, unlike those held in noisy bars where people show up in spite of the fact that there's live music, you will be playing to a supportive group of friends and performers who are actually listening!!!

Wednesday August 24, 2011
Start: 08/24/2011 8:00 pm

Joy Kills SorrowYou can add Joy Kills Sorrow and Lake Street Dive to the list of young talent revitalizing acoustic, folk, and even pop-drawing from the past with awesome ingenuity and an uncanny skill for making it their own.

Thursday August 25, 2011
Start: 08/25/2011 8:00 pm

Alasdair FraserCome on over for a rousing evening of fiddle magic steeped in talent and tradition: the 23rd annual Freight Fiddle Summit. You'll be in excellent company with host Alasdair Fraser and some of traditional music's most notable players—including Natalie Haas, Lissa Schneckenburger, and Brittany Haas—as they bow, strum, sing, and pluck up a storm tonight.

Friday August 26, 2011
Start: 08/26/2011 8:00 pm

Rhonda BeninDo you remember dancing to the Twist, the Mashed Potatoe, the Pony or the Hustle? Whether you're ready to reminisce or learn some new old-school dance moves, come Twist and Shout while we take it back to the day with hit dance tunes of the 60s and 70s and dance instructors too!

Saturday August 27, 2011
Start: 08/27/2011 12:00 pm

How many reasons do you need to come join us for our Family Open House! Celebrate the Freight's Anniversary, celebrate the Downtown Berkeley MusicFest (10 days of music, including this), celebrate the summer with this amazing array of workshops, jam sessions, student performances, kid-focused activities, and more! Dancing in the aisles, singing on the stairs, and fiddling in the lobby are sure to ensue. Join us for this extravaganza!

Start: 08/27/2011 8:00 pm

Wake the DeadJoin KALW program hosts JoAnn Mar, Dore Stein, Peter Thompson, and Kevin Vance to celebrate 70 years of the oldest FM station west of the Mississippi with performances from three bands whose music reflects KALW's eclectic, multi-faceted programming.

Sunday August 28, 2011
Start: 08/28/2011 8:00 pm

Check out some of California's finest songwriters at the West Coast Songwriters' Open Mic annual playoffs' grand final concert! The top contenders from WCS playoff events in 10 regions—Portland, Martinez, Saratoga, Petaluma, Sebastopol, Sacramento, Redwood City, Berkeley, San Francisco, and Hollywood—take the stage to present their winning original songs at this special concert.

Thursday September 01, 2011
Start: 09/01/2011 8:00 pm

Dan NavarroTonight's double bill features longtime Freight favorite singer-songwriter Dan Navarro and beautifully expressive Claudia Russell with her band the Folk Unlimited Orchestra. Dan, part of folk-rock duo Lowen & Navaro, brings a gorgeous repertoire of songs of experience, documenting humanity's dignity and frailty, examining life's losses and lessons.

Friday September 02, 2011
Start: 09/02/2011 8:00 pm

Absynth QuintetFire-breathing traveling gypsy circus indie grass? Acoustic, with benefits? The Absynth Quintet is a group of pickers purveying a truly unique brand of high-energy acoustic music. The band's sound, born and cultured in the fertile hills of Humboldt County, California, combines a reverent treatment of time-honored American music with a reckless, virtuosic, and often zany approach to innovation.

Saturday September 03, 2011
Start: 09/03/2011 8:00 pm

GirlymanNate Borofsky, Doris Muramatsu, Ty Greenstein, plus newest member JJ, describe their group, Girlyman, as "a modern-day Peter, Paul & Mary—only edgier, and with a with quirky sense of humor." Actually, that doesn't even begin to cover it! Informed by 1960s vocal groups like Simon & Garfunkel and The Mamas and the Papas, and infused with years of classical and jazz training, Girlyman's songs are an irresistible blend of acoustic, americana, and rock.

Thursday September 08, 2011
Start: 09/08/2011 8:00 pm

Red Hot ChachkasInternationally-renowned groups the Red Hot Chachkas and Vocolot bring their unique flavors of genre-bending Jewish and world music to the Freight in a double bill that will range from sizzling to sublime.

Friday September 09, 2011
Start: 09/09/2011 8:00 pm

Diana StorkDiana RowanTake a musical world journey for a good cause—no passports required. Treat your ears to the elegant harp melodies, ambient African Kora, and traditional Hindustani rajas.

Saturday September 10, 2011
Start: 09/10/2011 8:00 pm

Caterina Lichtenberg & Mike MarshallTwo of the world's finest mandolinists, American Mike Marshall and Bulgarian Caterina Lichtenberg take us on a journey from Europe of the early 1700s through the great 19th Century Italian mandolin heyday to the shores of the present-day Americas.

Monday September 12, 2011
Start: 09/12/2011 8:00 pm

Slaid Cleaves"I'm glad I found Slaid Cleaves, because my life would have been poorer without him. . . . Listen, go to one of Slaid's shows, take a friend, and pass on the news: not all the good guys wear hats." —Stephen King

Tuesday September 13, 2011
Start: 09/13/2011 8:00 pm

Bill MonroeThere wouldn't be bluegrass if it weren't for Bill Monroe. He gave the genre its name, its distinctive style, and for most of the 20th century, embodied the essence of the art form, which is typically delivered by a five-piece acoustic string band featuring instrumental virtuosity on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and string bass, and close harmonies sung in a plaintive, high lonesome voice.

Wednesday September 14, 2011
Start: 09/14/2011 8:00 pm

Bill MonroeThere wouldn't be bluegrass if it weren't for Bill Monroe. He gave the genre its name, its distinctive style, and for most of the 20th century, embodied the essence of the art form, which is typically delivered by a five-piece acoustic string band featuring instrumental virtuosity on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and string bass, and close harmonies sung in a plaintive, high lonesome voice.

Thursday September 15, 2011
Start: 09/15/2011 8:00 pm

Berkeley Old Time Music ConventionBuckdancing from Tennessee, high-energy string band music from North Carolina, and old-time mountain singing from West Virginia are among the Appalachian traditions that will be celebrated at the 9th Annual Berkeley Old Time Music Convention, September 14-18, 2011.

Friday September 16, 2011
Start: 09/16/2011 8:00 pm

Berkeley Old Time Music Convention

Buckdancing from Tennessee, high-energy string band music from North Carolina, and old-time mountain singing from West Virginia are among the Appalachian traditions that will be celebrated at the 9th Annual Berkeley Old Time Music Convention, September 14-18, 2011.

Saturday September 17, 2011
Start: 09/17/2011 8:00 pm

Country Joe McDonaldIn tonight's performance singer-songwriter, historian, and infamous rockin' rabble-rouser, Country Joe McDonald pays tribute to Woody Guthrie, deftly conveying all the charm, talent, and social and political consciousness of the legendary folksinger from Oklahoma.

Sunday September 18, 2011
Start: 09/18/2011 8:00 pm

Lucy Kaplansky"A truly gifted performer. . . .with a bag of enchanting songs"
-The New Yorker

Monday September 19, 2011
Start: 09/19/2011 8:00 pm

TalavyaGlobe-trotting percussion ensemble Talavya (formerly Tabla Ecstasy) brings the Indian hand-drums tabla to the center stage, distilling its age-old spirit and practice into a high-energy, highly accessible evening that reveals the instrument's true joys. D.

Tuesday September 20, 2011
Start: 09/20/2011 8:00 pm

All performers are welcome to participate in this event that has produced some of our brightest performers, including: Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS! One unique aspect of our Open Mic is that, unlike those held in noisy bars where people show up in spite of the fact that there's live music, you will be playing to a supportive group of friends and performers who are actually listening!!!

Wednesday September 21, 2011
Start: 09/21/2011 8:00 pm

Audrey AuldDevils are not the only thing to come from Tasmania. Singer-songwriter Audrey Auld's heart is in country, americana, and folk music with a presence as big as the outback. Her songs are the wry and poignant observations of a Tassie girl living in California and Nashville for the past eight years. "Music with the dirt left on" is how she describes her engaging "Americ-kinda" tunes, which combine traditional American country and folk influences with strong Australian roots.

Thursday September 22, 2011
Start: 09/22/2011 8:00 pm

Tonight's concert offers listeners a rare treat—Jill Knight  and duo Pam Delgado & Jeri Jones reunite on the Freight stage for an evening of non-stop rollicking, soul and blues. The three forged musical ties in the ‘90s when singer-songwriter Jill, already a California central coast favorite, toured with Pam & Jeri, shortly before the two became founding members of female powerhouse quartet, Blame Sally.

Friday September 23, 2011
Start: 09/23/2011 8:00 pm

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper"One of the most impressive and well-regarded instrumental bluegrass groups working the circuit," (The Lonesome Road Review), award-winning fiddler Michael Cleveland brings dynamic traditional bluegrass to the Freight stage with his band, Flamekeeper.

Saturday September 24, 2011
Start: 09/24/2011 11:00 am

OctopretzelIn a show as exuberant as their whimsical name, Octopretzel returns to the Freight stage to share exciting new material! The band creates engaging music, inspiring curiosity, wonder, and appreciation for the world we live in. Their skilled musicianship and magical way with children guarantees a dance-able, sing-able and super fun experience for the whole family.

Start: 09/24/2011 8:00 pm

Junius Courtney BandThe Junius Courtney Big Band, made up of veteran players who "know how to tell a rousing story in eight bars," is a Bay Area institution that "embodies Swing," according to music critic Andy Gilbert. Tonight these consummate musicians pay tribute to legendary jazz pianist Earl "Fatha" Hines, featuring the exceptional piano work of special guest Tammy Hall, as well as classic songs and narration by the band's extraordinary vocalist, Denise Perrier.

Monday September 26, 2011
Start: 09/26/2011 8:00 pm

ilda HuangAlina KobialkaCatch two rising young stars in a program featuring the music of Bach, Mozart, and Waxman.

Tuesday September 27, 2011
Start: 09/27/2011 8:00 pm

Shay & Michael BlackTonight's double-bill offers listeners an impressive array of traditional Irish music from Shay & Michael Black and Three Mile Stone.

Wednesday September 28, 2011
Start: 09/28/2011 8:00 pm

June & Jean MillingtonTonight June and Jean Millington, the original "Godmothers of Chick Rock," dish out the gritty, sassy, accomplished goods in celebration of the release of their new album Play Like a Girl. The Sacramento-raised, Phillipine-American sisters, started their first all-girl band in the ‘60s and by the end of the decade had a major label deal with their band Fanny.

Thursday September 29, 2011
Start: 09/29/2011 8:00 pm

Nell Robinson"Emmylou Harris, Iris Dement, Hazel Dickens, and Mike Cross are good starting points for musical comparisons, but Robinson render(s) her performances with little in the way of contrivance or affectation." -Kevin Oliver, Music That Matters

Friday September 30, 2011
Start: 09/30/2011 8:00 pm

Stephen Saxon & Gospel ShabbatInspired by a Baptist church service full of emotional and spiritual intensity, Stephen Saxon started wondering, "how could you get that kind of spirit into a Jewish service?"

Saturday October 01, 2011
Start: 10/01/2011 8:00 pm

UpsurgeJoin UpSurge! for an inspiring evening fusing fearless poetry and swinging jazz in an homage to jazz vocalist Eddie Jefferson, actor/playwright/civil rights activist Oscar Brown, Jr., and jazz poet Gil Scott-Heron, three of the masters who have inspired the group’s unique cutting-edge mix of music and spoken word.

Sunday October 02, 2011
Start: 10/02/2011 7:30 pm

Oakland Interfaith Gospel ChoirCome glory in the soul-stirring repertoire and harmonies of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir as this venerable 60-member ensemble makes its Freight debut! Featuring joyful selections from the newly released CD, Hear My Prayer, this world-renowned multi-racial, interfaith choir performs original praise songs, gospel standards, and spirituals.

Monday October 03, 2011
Start: 10/03/2011 8:00 pm

A Moving SoundTaking the richly diverse culture of Taiwan as its starting point, the groundbreaking ensemble A Moving Sound juxtaposes ancient Chinese traditions with sophisticated contemporary styles. The group’s exquisite, accessible, and, yes, “moving” sound eloquently captures the paradoxes of its island of origin, where avant-garde innovations jostle against deep traditional roots at every turn.

Tuesday October 04, 2011
Start: 10/04/2011 8:00 pm

Abigail WashburnJohn Keawe, originally scheduled for tonight, has been cancelled. Please see the box office for refunds.

Thursday October 06, 2011
Start: 10/06/2011 8:00 pm

Beppe GambettaAn Italian in love with American music meets a Ukranian American mandolin & violin virtuoso for a magical evening of cross-pollinated roots, jazz, and folk.

Friday October 07, 2011
Start: 10/07/2011 8:00 pm

Duck BakerFingerstyle guitarist Duck Baker is devoted to a wide range of musical styles, from traditional Irish and Appalachian fiddle tunes to ragtime, blues, gospel, swing, and modern jazz. His originals reflect the influence of the great jazz pianist/composers, and his state-of-the-art acoustic guitar work will appeal to jazz fans, guitar fans, and anyone else who enjoys an evening of superlative music.

Saturday October 08, 2011
Start: 10/08/2011 8:00 pm

George Cole QuintetThe George Cole Quintet always sets the Freight stage swinging! With George’s fiery guitar as its centerpiece, this virtuoso Bay Area band will immerse you in their infectious, original jazz groove. Says Art Thompson of Guitar Player magazine: “Cole’s excellent Django-style guitar work and his band’s enticing instrumental and vocal harmonies make them a must—see for any fan of vintage jazz.”

Sunday October 09, 2011
Start: 10/09/2011 8:00 pm

Plastic Fauxno BandImagine John Lennon: after the break up of The Beatles, and the release of the Double Fantasy album, in concert in 1982...

Monday October 10, 2011
Start: 10/10/2011 8:00 pm

Bill StainesNow in his fifth decade of delighting audiences on the North American folk music circuit, New England troubadour Bill Staines is a true living legend. His songs, including "River," "Roseville Fair," and dozens more, have become standards, recorded by artists ranging from Nanci Griffith and Jerry Jeff Walker to Grandpa Jones and Peter, Paul, and Mary.

Tuesday October 11, 2011
Start: 10/11/2011 8:00 pm

All performers are welcome to participate in this event that has produced some of our brightest performers, including: Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS! One unique aspect of our Open Mic is that, unlike those held in noisy bars where people show up in spite of the fact that there's live music, you will be playing to a supportive group of friends and performers who are actually listening!!!

Thursday October 13, 2011
Start: 10/13/2011 8:00 pm

Richard Smith2001 National Fingerstyle Champion Richard Smith has been performing in public ever since he took the stage at the tender age of 11 at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London for a duet with fingerstyle guitar legend Chet Atkins. A couple of decades later, Richard continues to be quite a guitar phenomenon, with a repertoire that spans an incredible range of musical styles from country, bluegrass, and mainstream jazz, to rock and classical guitar.

Friday October 14, 2011
Start: 10/14/2011 8:00 pm

Nigerian BrothersPo' Girl, originally scheduled for tonight, has been cancelled. Please see the box office for refunds. The Nigerian Brothers were available to fill in, so will be playing tonight.

Saturday October 15, 2011
Start: 10/15/2011 8:00 pm

Cherish the Ladies“It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do.” the Boston Globe

World-renowned Irish traditional ensemble Cherish the Ladies, with their spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements, and stunning step dancing, blends the facets of Irish traditional culture into an immensely humorous and entertaining show.

Sunday October 16, 2011
Start: 10/16/2011 8:00 pm

George BrooksVirtuoso saxophonist and composer George Brooks, in his restless search for musical excellence and cross–cultural innovation, joins forces with frame drum phenomenon Glen Velez and south Indian Chitravina (fretless lute) virtuoso Ravikiran for an uplifting evening of global harmony.

Monday October 17, 2011
Start: 10/17/2011 8:00 pm

Melissa FerrickSince the early 1990s, indie folk-rocker Melissa Ferrick has gathered a dedicated following with her emotionally honest first-person lyrics, dynamic sound, and impassioned live performances. In recent years she's been leaning a bit closer to the rock & roll vibe that always underpinned her music, but her songs continue to be true to an intimate, nuanced musical vision, as on her rich, emotionally intense new CD, Still Right Here.

Tuesday October 18, 2011
Start: 10/18/2011 8:00 pm

KihnouaNamed with an ancient Greek word meaning “the difference,” Kihnoua presents music that explores new and intriguing territory. The group founded by Bay Area saxophonist and composer Larry Ochs in 2007, intermingles the sounds and structures of Western improvised music with ancient folk influences drawn from Africa, America, and Asia, prominently featuring Korean musical forms.

Wednesday October 19, 2011
Start: 10/19/2011 8:00 pm

Claire LynchEver since her early years with Alabama's Front Porch String Band, Claire Lynch has been a stand-out creative force in the world of bluegrass music, with her sweet, pure vocals and top-notch songwriting couched in a captivating blend of traditional bluegrass, country, folk, and swing.

Twice the International Bluegrass Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year, Claire has recently been nominated again for her recent CD, Watcha Gonna Do (Rounder).

Thursday October 20, 2011
Start: 10/20/2011 8:00 pm

Patty LarkinA remarkable guitarist, incisive songwriter, richly textured singer, and hilarious performer all rolled into one, Patty Larkin rivets audiences with her uncompromising, poetic songs full of wordplay and painterly detail. Born in Iowa and raised in Milwaukee, Patty studied at the Berklee College of Music and launched her career in Boston in the late 1980s.

Friday October 21, 2011
Start: 10/21/2011 8:00 pm

Dennis KamakahiKawika KahiapoWe are sold out of advance tickets for this show. There may be some limited standing room only tickets available once the show starts at 8:00 pm for $36.50.

Saturday October 22, 2011
Start: 10/22/2011 8:00 pm

Orla Fallon“I have been privileged in the places that music has brought me,” says Órla Fallon.

Given the places she’s been these past years, it would be difficult to disagree. His Holiness the Pope, American Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and Irish President Mary McAleese, have all been a part of Órla’s audiences, both as a solo artist and with the phenomenally successful group Celtic Woman.

Sunday October 23, 2011
Start: 10/23/2011 8:00 pm

Frank WakefieldFrank Wakefield's mandolin playing and unique vocals have graced many a top-notch bluegrass band, from Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys to Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys and Frank's own Good Ole Boys. His long partnership with Red Allen in the Kentuckians gave the world some of the best-loved classic sounds from the early days of bluegrass.

Monday October 24, 2011
Start: 10/24/2011 7:30 pm

Check out the future when the West Coast Songwriters presents its monthly Songwriter Competition, where members take the stage and perform their material. Performers sign up from 7:00 to 7:20, and at 7:30 the show’s on! Guest judges award a “Best Song” and “Best Performance.” The most active songwriters’ association in the United States, WCS is dedicated to providing the environment, opportunities, and tools to nurture and promote songwriters.

Tuesday October 25, 2011
Start: 10/25/2011 8:00 pm

All performers are welcome to participate in this event that has produced some of our brightest performers, including: Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS! One unique aspect of our Open Mic is that, unlike those held in noisy bars where people show up in spite of the fact that there's live music, you will be playing to a supportive group of friends and performers who are actually listening!!!

Thursday October 27, 2011
Start: 10/27/2011 8:00 pm

Catherine Fraser & Duncan SmithFiddle and piano duo Catherine Fraser & Duncan Smith breathe fresh life into the Scottish traditional fiddle repertoire with their powerful performances that juxtapose elegantly lyrical airs with driving reels and exuberant strathspeys.

Friday October 28, 2011
Start: 10/28/2011 8:00 pm

Tom RussellOne of America's premier singer-songwriters, Tom Russell grew up in California, soaking up the West Coast hillbilly sounds of Merle Travis and Buck Owens. He started his career in the country bars of Vancouver before moving on to the progressive country music scene of Austin, Texas.

Saturday October 29, 2011
Start: 10/29/2011 11:00 am

Halloween Cabaret Carnival!Halloween Cabaret Carnival!This fun-filled edition of the Patchwork Series (Saturday children’s shows curated by Sarita Pockell and Melita Doostan) features The Bungee Jumping Cows and Vaudevillians Stage Troupe, an evil-laughing contest, and a midway of Halloween-themed carnival games.

Start: 10/29/2011 8:00 pm

Marley's GhostAmong the Freight's most popular acts, Marley's Ghost achieves the seemingly impossible with its audacious blend of English folk roots, gospel, country, reggae, R&B, even Scottish bagpipe tunes—and it all works like a dream! Even the members of the band have trouble describing their music, but as their recent CD Ghost Town exemplifies, whatever they do, it always comes out sounding uniquely like Marley's Ghost.

Sunday October 30, 2011
Start: 10/30/2011 8:00 pm

Wake the DeadThe self-proclaimed "world's first Celtic all-star Grateful Dead jam band" returns to blow the roof off the Freight with their annual Halloween bash...and you're invited!

Monday October 31, 2011
Start: 10/31/2011 6:30 pm

The Bellavente Wind QuintetThe Bellavente Wind Quintet presents a family—friendly program of spooky and adventurous music. Plus prizes, surprises, and —of course— candy. The Bellavente musicians—Leslie Chin (flute), Kyle Bruckman (oboe), Marilyn Martella (clarinet), Alicia Telford (french horn), Beverly McChesney (bassoon)—are active with leading chamber music ensembles and symphony, opera, ballet and Broadway show orchestras of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Tuesday November 01, 2011
Start: 11/01/2011 8:00 pm


Marcos Silva QuartetIn 1969, Merrilee Trost recalls, "I fell down the rabbit hole into the magical world of jazz. I had no idea that it would take over my life. I'm so lucky to have met the most interesting, creative, and exciting people in the whole universe—those who inhabit the jazz world." Tonight’s very special concert, produced by the Jazzschool, honors Merrilee with music from a superb lineup including many of her favorite performers and friends. 

Wednesday November 02, 2011
Start: 11/02/2011 8:00 pm

CalaverasWe all know that the Bay Area is a veritable hotbed of roots music talent, come on over tonight and revel in the glory as three bands from right next door treat us to an evening of honest-to-goodness, toe-tapping, down home bluegrass, americana, Cajun, and original music.